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Speaker: Paul Westervelt, Chief of Container Operations at Saunders Brothers, Inc.




Session Title: The New Perennial Movement: Why it Matters to Our Industry

Saturday, July 10  4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Description:  While much of the nursery industry is focused on the latest and greatest, compact, spring blooming whatever - there’s a counter movement afoot. The New Perennial movement embraces a more natural look, a different pallet of plants (and scads of them on tight centers) all while creating beneficial habitat and food for pollinators. This session will cover The New Perennial movement and why it matters to our industry. 

Level: Fundamental           Type: Growing


Paul Westervelt

Chief of Container Operations at Saunders Brothers, Inc. 

Paul Westervelt is a professional plant geek who has run the annual and perennial program for Saunders Brothers Nursery in Piney River, Virginia since 2004, where he grows over 800 varieties across 13 programs. He grew up in Winchester, Virginia, across from a multi-acre Oehme van Sweden garden. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in Horticulture from Virginia Tech (2001 and 2003 respectively). In 2009 he was awarded the "Young Professional of the Year" by the Perennial Plant Association. He was selected for the 2013 Class of 40 Under 40 for Greenhouse Product News. Paul is a contributing columnist for Grower Talks Magazine and is a popular speaker at national and regional events.

Saunders Brothers ... Wide selection of hanging baskets, annuals, perennials, and woody shrubs  
Nestled in the foothills on the ‘Sunrise Side’ of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Saunders Brothers began as a partnership between five brothers in 1915.Today, third generation brothers, Tom, Bennett, Jim, and Robert with their Dad, Paul, operate the wholesale nursery, orchard and farm market. Saunders Brothers grows an extensive product line including annuals, perennials, trees, roses, boxwood and many flowering and woody shrubs.



Located in beautiful Nelson County, Virginia, Saunders Brothers grows quality peaches, apples, Asian pears, vegetables, flowering shrubs, annuals and perennials. You can find these products and much more at our retail Farm Market, located just five miles from our orchard in Piney River. Stop by and stock up on local produce, try our mouth-watering peach ice cream, and visit our onsite farm antique museum! We offer something for everyone.

Address: 2717 Tye Brook Hwy, Piney River, VA 22964
Email:    sales@saundersbrothers.com    
Contact:   Tom Saunders  
Phone:    434-277-5455    FAX:  434-277-5394

             




        

The Farm Market

Farm Market Now Open ~ Monday - Saturday 9-5

Located in beautiful Nelson County, Virginia, Saunders Brothers grows quality peaches, apples, Asian pears, vegetables, flowering shrubs, annuals and perennials.  You can find these products and much more at our retail Farm Market, located just five miles from our orchard in Piney River. Stop by and stock up on local produce, try our mouth-watering peach ice cream, and visit our onsite farm antique museum! We offer something for everyone. Enter our site to learn more!

The Orchard

We Pick Our Fruit At Its Peak - Ready For You At Our Farm Market!

At Saunders Brothers, we believe that sunshine is what differentiates a peach from a good peach. That's why all of our fruit is tree ripened and picked at its peak for maximum sweetness. With our Farm Market located just five miles from our orchard, you can be sure that what you're getting is quality, fresh, and local.

Willie Torres and Tye Saunders at Redhaven peach harvest.

Our peach season begins around the mid-June and lasts through the middle/end of September. Apple varieties start with Gala in mid-August and last until our Farm Market closes in the middle of November. We have recently begun growing sweet Asian pears, which are in season from August through October. We are proud to bring you the very best the orchard has to offer!

Saunders Brothers Wholesale Nursery

Nestled in the foothills on the ‘Sunrise Side’ of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Saunders Brothers began as a partnership between five brothers in 1915.  Today, third generation brothers, Tom, Bennett, Jim, and Robert with their Dad, Paul, operate the wholesale nursery, orchard and farm market.  Saunders Brothers grows an extensive product line which includes annuals, perennials, container trees, roses, boxwood and many flowering and woody shrubs.  If you are a nursery, garden center, or landscaper, our site offers the most up-to-date information on the products we grow.


     


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